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    I always enjoys Mickens’ - This World of Ours is a favorite. While I agree with him that heterogeneous distributed systems cannot be made inherently reliable, I’d argue they certainly can be made more reliable than previous systems for particular failure modes, so not all research into the subject is a complete waste. He’s certainly not wrong about the way many of the papers read, however.

    Also, “Byzantine Fault” would make an excellent name for a metal band.

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